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Dennis Smith Jr. believes Knicks can be ‘pretty good’ this year and have a foundation for the future

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The New York Knicks will certainly not be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference as a result of the 2019-20 campaign as the lowly franchise will be forced to compete against the likes of the Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and others. However, the Knicks are currently in the midst of a youth movement that could help build a nice foundation for the once heralded Eastern Conference franchise with former Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. serving as a key cog for this group.

Although many from around the NBA have already counted the Knicks out for the 2019-20 season considering the fact that New York finished last season with the worst record in the league, Smith Jr. isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet. In fact, the former Mavericks signal caller even believes that the Knicks could be pretty solid this time around.

“Our team, it’s really a group of guys that wanna hoop, compete at a high level and win games,” Smith Jr. recently said, via The New York Daily News. “I think if we build this identity early of a real selfless team that’s gonna scrap on both ends of the court, I think we can be pretty good this year, and then build on that for years to come.”

Smith Jr. was originally acquired by the Knicks midway through last season as part of a massive deal with the Mavericks that infamously included Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis.